The Wild Horse – An American icon and spirit of the West. Free roaming the open range now for multiple centuries.
How many people get to see wild horses? Hurry, while you still can…
This story broke in September 2016, eight months ago already. I felt compelled to bring it up after recently photographing these majestic animals in Northwest Nevada. It’s estimated roughly 70,000 wild horses roam the West’s public lands. For anyone living in, or visiting the United States, this is Your land, and Your horses.
Public lands, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), are often leased by ranchers to graze their cattle on. The Bureau said ranchers were complaining because their cattle had to compete for food with the wild horses. The BLM has been caught before illegally selling wild horses for slaughter. In this case, thousands of wild horses and burros were rounded up. The sick and injured were sold to slaughterhouses. Much of the meat is sent to Europe, and mostly France. (You can tell if cooked meat is horse, as it will still be very red.) However, the remaining 45,000 wild horses and burros were corralled and pinned, and then sentenced to death by the BLM’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board voting to exterminate. They also want to sterilize the remaining wild horses on the open range. So in a generation, being able to see these horses in their natural habitat, may come to an end.
With a quick StartPage.com search on the subject, you can find petitions if you’re into that. Personally I don’t think protesting and petitions work. No, if you want someone’s attention, hit them where it hurts – In the wallet. The BLM needs reorganizing, new management, or defunded.
The photo’s were taken in early March 2017 North of Gerlach, Nevada on State Route 34.